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Looking for a new tycoon sim that mixes Prison Architect vibes with the likes of Two Point Hospital and Two Point Campus? That’s the plan for Prison Tycoon: Under New Management as it stages a breakout and releases on Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. 

Having first been revealed to the world back in 2021, spending a bit of time behind the bars of the PC and Steam user base, Prison Tycoon: Under New Management from Abylight Studios and Ziggurat Interactive finally breaks free, launching on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. You’ll find those versions available from today, whilst prison wardens on Nintendo Switch will discover jobs opening up to them come Feb 9th 2023. 

Prison Tycoon: Under New Management takes the old, much-loved, franchise from yesteryear and brings it kicking and screaming into the modern era. A full relaunch for console, you’ll be given the chance to prove yourself as you look to design, build and run the most rewarding of correctional facilities. 

Very much running like a mix of the more serious Prison Architect and the humour of something like Two Point Hospital, it’ll be your job to ensure that the criminals housed in Prison Tycoon: Under New Management are kept safe and out of trouble. Of course, that’s unlikely to ever happen. 

With innovative therapies to put the crims through, new cell blocks to house them in and a constant flow of resources required, creating a successful rehab centre will be a tough ask. Thankfully the Abylight and Ziggurat teams behind it are promising to give players on Xbox, PlayStation and Switch the tools for the job. 

These console versions of Prison Tycoon: Under New Management rock up with a couple of DLC packs included, as Roll Call DLC and Maximum Security DLC bring further options to the table. And with a creative mode in tow, unlimited money and the chance to express yourself without fear is possible. 

The key features in all include:

  • Rehabilitate and Release: Evaluate inmates, then provide the therapies that will help with their rehabilitation, from zero gravity rooms to VR therapy
  • Five Distinct Environments: Select from tropical, tundra, taiga (boreal forest), swamp, or desert biomes, each with its own environmental challenges
  • Build From Your Own Blueprints: Design every room, path, checkpoint, office, and cell block
  • Hire Experts: Evaluate and hire staff to serve 12 different roles in running and maintaining your facility
  • Secure and Protect: Maintain a secure facility using guards, cameras, watchtowers, and checkpoints
  • Create your own vision: creative mode allows players to customize their prisons to its maximum potential with unlimited money

You’ll find Prison Tycoon: Under New Management available at the Xbox Store, playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. It’s also on PC, on PlayStation and – from Feb 9th – on Nintendo Switch. Expect to pay around £20.99.

Stay tuned for our full review. 

Game Description:

Explore the unlimited possibilities with Prison Tycoon™: Under New Management’s newly released Sandbox Mode! Unlock unlimited resources to create the most rehabilitative and supportive prison ever with as many buildings, therapies and staff you want. After all, we know the best part of management sims is when you break them… Build a huge prison, crafting every building, every room, and every path and furnish them as you like!. Be sure the layout you design makes efficient use of the power grid and water systems. Rehabilitate the prisoners, that’s what it’s all about! Send them to all sorts of therapies, from the zero gravity room to a hologram room to dance therapy (pole dance anyone?). Help inmates address their issues and return to society. Hire expert staff to fill all kinds of roles in your prison. Assign them to work, promote the best and fire the rest. Design and maintain the security systems of your prison and be ready for night escapes. Decide on the placement of cameras, watchtowers, and guards to make sure your prison is a safe place.

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